Saab 9-3 | Auto Express

26 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Saab 9-3 | Auto Express


The restyled 9-3 SportWagon is a estate car, and the performance and provided by the new twin-turbodiesel powerplant are welcome plus points. remains a typical Saab point, but although the 9-3#039;s will satisfy most the car doesn#039;t offer the crisp of some of its German rivals, nor is the quality of its cabin as good.

is promising its new 9-3 family will the X-factor when it goes on in the UK in September.

All three models in the – the Cabriolet, Sport and SportWagon – have given a major facelift, styling inspired by the Aero X which Auto Express in March last year.

But despite major visual which include fresh units and revised panels the A-pillars forward, the 9-3 isn’t an car. Underneath it uses the platform as before, which is with the current Vauxhall

We got behind the wheel of the flagship SportWagon, powered by a new 1.9-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. Aero models are distinguishable the rest of the range by sportier and sharper bumpers front and

The look perfectly complements the new which feature a smart, lighting strip above the light unit. The firm has removed all the door and bumper strips to give the 9-3 a cleaner shape. And there’s no doubt it handsome in estate form.

new TTiD engine has been to provide instant throttle throughout the rev range. Two turbochargers, one one large, are used. When the presses the throttle, the smaller is able to react faster the bigger unit, so from to 1,500rpm, it is used.

From there, the second is brought into play, from 3,000rpm on, the larger one on its own.

In practice, it performs With 178bhp and 400Nm of power on offer, engine is excellent, and the car is capable of sprinting 0-60mph in 8.3 seconds, which is than the equivalent Audi A4 or Jaguar X-Type Estate.

has improved the 9-3’s refinement but while the car has very little noise at speed, we still a slight engine vibration the pedals.

With its six-speed manual the 1.9 TTiD returns 47.1mpg. drops to 41.5mpg if you choose the automatic gearbox instead. the smooth auto is easier to with than the slightly feeling manual transmission.

The brake pedal is well while Aero models benefit from uprated brakes.

For those seeking a sporting experience, Saab’s chassis does not feel The company points out that as the 9-3 has a Euro NCAP crash rating, there really was no to change its underpinnings. How-ever, it is comfortable enough, there’s no the fact that rivals as the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 offer handling and better body

Saab’s German competitors build better interiors. The firm freshened up the 9-3’s last year, and has introduced new material into the rooflining of model. But the quality of the plastics and the standard of fit and finish are simply not up to BMW or standards.

The comfortable and supportive front seats are excellent, and while rear legroom is not generous, the cargo area is thought out. As with the the rear seats split and 60:40. The boot is well and the middle section of the floor can be upwards and used to prevent bags from sliding

So despite its shortcomings in other the 9-3 does make a practical

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It’s a lifestyle rather than a full-on but the Saab’s boot area is and well thought out.

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